HONOLULU (AP) — For the first time since statehood in 1959, Hawaii’s population has declined for two consecutive years with fewer births, more deaths and a greater number of residents moving to the mainland.
An analysis: From water to sewer to garbage and vehicle registration, fees have increased lately. If they haven’t yet, they soon will, as some raises will usher in the new year. Taxes, too, have risen. From property to fuel to a general excise tax soon to hit most retail goods, taxes have steadily climbed over the last year. Little wonder residents across the island grumble about government picking their pocketbooks dry. This 2-day, 3-part series looks at the bevy of fee and tax hikes everyone is expected to pay.